Czech Republic and Poland exchange experiences in fighting wildlife trafficking

Tuesday, 12 April, 2016
Brussels, Belgium

The polish NGO Salamandra, will be organizing a workshop on the prevention of illegal wildlife trade. The training will last from April 12th to 15th and will take place in Zegrze near Warsaw, Poland. This training is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) and National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (www.nfosigw.gov.pl).

The goal of this four-day training is to share best practices from the Czech Republic to Poland on targeted operations, to build capacity regarding e-commerce legislation & activities to address online wildlife trade, and to clarify the legal requirements for trading animal species included in EU Wildlife Trade Regulations Annex B. 

The nearly forty participants will include representatives from Polish customs and police. Three representatives from the Czech Republic (from the Ministry of Environment and Czech Environmental Inspectorate) will also join the training as CITES specialists.

M. Borys Kala, Salamandra Vice-president declared: “The training is strengthening the skills of Polish law enforcement officers to combat trade in wildlife, and provides the unique possibility for them to clarify some of the environmental law in force in the Czech Republic”

Czech Republic has made great achievements in implementation of CITES. In recent years, under operation RHINO, they have successfully seized a number of rhino horns smuggled from South Africa and in the frame of operation LORA, seized palm cockatoos and other highly endangered species of parrots traded in the country.

Last Month, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking as a way to combat illegal trade across the Union and elevate wildlife crime on the political agenda as a serious crime.

“This example of two EU Member States sharing best practices shows how the EU action plan can concretely translate into actions on the ground” explained Sonja Van Tichelen, IFAW EU Regional Director. “The Czech Republic stands out as a leader in the fight against wildlife trade, especially regarding legislation and e-commerce. It can be recognized as an example to follow for other EU Member States and CITES Parties. IFAW is delighted to support such an initiative and hopes it will pave the way for other collaboration between countries and across the EU.”

 

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About Salamandra

Founded in 1993, Polish Society for Nature Conservation "Salamandra" is focusing on protection of nature - flora and fauna, ecosystems and landscapes, as well as the widely understood ecological education. Salamandra also aim to improve environmental law and effective implementation of it. For more information, visit www.salamandra.org.pl. Follow us on Facebook.   

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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